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Tracheobronchial obstruction can potentially worsen with induction of general anaesthesia and intermittent positive pressure ventilation IPPV.

Difficulty with ventilation and cardiac arrest in the course of anaesthesia for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures in patients with mediastinal mass is well described.

The inferior mediastinum is subdivided into anterior, middle, and posterior compartments by the heart and pericardium Fig. Routine mediastinoscopy can be a fairly low-risk procedure; however, the close proximity to vital cardiovascular structures in the chest may lead to unexpected dilemmas.

In particular, the pulse oximeter probe was placed on the mediastinoecopy hand for oxygenation and hemodynamic monitoring.

Mediastinoscopy (Guide)

The anterior mediastinum lies between the anterior pericardial reflection and the sternum, and the posterior mediastinum is the area between the posterior pericardial reflection and the vertebral column. Local anaesthetic infiltration of the wound, superficial cervical plexus and intercostal nerve blocks aid postoperative analgesia. The less commonly performed anterior approach is through the second intercostal space, lateral to the sternal border; this is used to inspect the lower mediastinum.

The mediastinoscope is then inserted anterior to the aortic arch.

Mediastinoscopy: vascular compression

To that point, the differential diagnosis of a dampened or poorly transduced pulse oximeter signal during mediastinoscopy is far more extensive than the sudden precipitous dampening of a right-sided arterial line, thus giving anesthesiologists the advantage of narrowing their differential diagnosis dramatically. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. If the patient is asymptomatic, preoxygenation followed by intravenous induction of anaesthesia can be performed.

They have become a more valuable part of our facility and community. During surgical biopsy of the lymph nodes, the patient developed acute arterial hypotension with no airway pressure changes or alarms. Superior vena cava SVC syndrome increases the risk of bleeding from distended veins and is a relative contraindication.


Neuromuscular monitoring is mandatory in patients with myasthenia gravis and Eaton—Lambert syndrome. This should preferably be sited in the right arm for detection of brachiocephalic compression, which results in reduction in blood flow to the right carotid artery and may cause ischaemia in the presence of inadequate collateral circulation.

Regular paracetamol and NSAIDs if not contraindicated could be prescribed as part of multimodal analgesia. They are available by phone whenever needed and will be on site for any need or request and has been on site to address issues before we can make the request.

Patients with extensive orofacial swelling, hoarseness, and distension of the azygous vein on CT scan are at increased risk of bleeding from relatively minor trauma at intubation. The ventilator pressure gauge should also be observed to note any acute increase in airway pressure, which indicates tracheal or bronchial compression by the mediastinoscope. Anatomical subdivisions of the mediastinum.

View large Download slide. Patients with myasthenia gravis are sensitive to non-depolarizing muscle relaxants and have a variable response to depolarizing agents. Ventilation of both lungs through a single-lumen endotracheal tube is usually adequate. Rami-Porta R, Call S. The current role of mediastinoscopy in the evaluation of thoracic disease. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. For the most updated list of ABA Keywords and definitions go to https: Hence, a right radial arterial catheter may be the best monitor for the timely detection of innominate artery compression, especially in older patients with atherosclerosis and possible poor circle of Willis collateral circulation.

Minor bleeding usually results from injury of the vessels supplying the lymph nodes; this responds to compression and packing. Reduction in acetylcholine released from presynaptic motor nerve terminals in these patients mediastinsocopy increased sensitivity to all neuromuscular blocking drugs. Preoperative Evaluation and Questions: Video-assisted mediastinoscopy VAM is increasingly being used in most centres.

The mediastinum is rich in lymph nodes that are the site of localized inflammatory disease, mediastinoscoy lymphatic tumours or metastatic disease.

Mediastinoscopy: vascular compression

Pain control with opioids. Compression of the SVC by enlarged lymph nodes or a mediastinal mass can result in obstruction of blood flow from head, neck, and upper extremities, resulting in SVC syndrome.


Alternatively, an inhalation induction may be used, followed by intubation of the trachea under deep anaesthesia. Alternatively a bronchial blocker may be used, but accurate placement requires a fibreoptic bronchoscope and more time is required to collapse the lung.

Large bore venous access should immediately be secured in the lower limbs, as the bleeding could be from venous disruption of vessels draining into meediastinoscopy SVC. These require selective lung collapse. The middle mediastinum contains heart and pericardium, tracheal bifurcation and main bronchi, the lung hila, phrenic nerve, lymphatics, and lymph nodes.

Perioperative cardiorespiratory complications in adults with mediastinal mass. Previous mediastinoscopy is a relatively strong contraindication to a repeat procedure because scar tissue eliminates the plane of dissection. Quick closure may be a problem because relaxation is necessary for duration Mediastinoscopy. Surgeon will dissect with cautery and sample lymph nodes at multiple levels. The acute arterial hypotension, in the right radial artery, was concerning for compression of the innominate artery by the mediastinoscope due to dampening of the arterial waveform.

Sign In or Create an Account. Other relative contraindications include severe tracheal deviation, cerebrovascular disease, severe cervical spine disease with limited neck extension, previous chest radiotherapy, and thoracic aortic aneurysm. Postoperatively, a chest X-ray should be taken in all patients in the recovery room to exclude pneumothorax. This article was originally published in. Some may argue that a pulse oximeter on the right hand can achieve the same goal of detecting malperfusion, as a poorly perfused hand due to innominate artery compression can cause a decreased pulse oximeter reading.

It is divided into the superior and inferior mediastinum by the transverse thoracic plane, which is an imaginary plane extending horizontally from the sternal angle anteriorly to the inferior border of the T4 vertebra posteriorly.

In addition to routine haematology, biochemistry, and ECG, preoperative investigations should include chest X-ray, and CT scan aimed at evaluating the location of the tumour, its relation to adjoining structures, and the degree of tracheal compression.